East Haven fallout: 4 cops arrested, mayor flubs response

On Tuesday, federal authorities arrested four East Haven cops in a profiling case involving Latinos, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. made an explosive comment that has gone viral among local media outlets and social media networks.

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  1. The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Sgt. John Miller and Officers David Cari, Jason Zullo and Dennis Spaulding before dawn Tuesday on an indictment alleging a conspiracy "to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate various members of the East Haven community" and deprive them of the constitutional right to "be free of unreasonable searches and seizures."
  2. While being interviewed by a TV reporter from WPIX in New York, East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. was asked what he was doing for Latinos. The mayor's response may have come at great political cost: "I might have tacos when I go home. I'm not quite sure yet."
  3. Here is a sample of how people around the state reacted on social media...
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  5. Maturo, a Republican, returned to office last November. April Capone, a Democrat, had unseated him for two years. During that time, her relationship with some members of the police department was contentious and Police Chief Leonard Gallo was placed on paid administrative leave during her administration.
  6. Police chief off leave, back on the job
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  8. Media outlets around Connecticut lambasted Maturo, calling his remarks racist and ignorant among other things. The Hartford Courant called for him to step down.
  9. Maturo released a statement apologizing for his remarks Wednesday.
  10. But not everyone was against him. Some Tweeters defended him or found his comment amusing.
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